Lakewater Press: Writing is in the blood for Witchbreed series author RL Martinez

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It’s the eight day of the Lakewater Press holiday blog hop and we hope you’re enjoying these introductions to the team.

We’re a diverse bunch spread across Australia, the United States and the UK.

Today the spotlight is on Oklahoma-based RL Martinez, author of the magical Witchbreed fantasy series and one of the first authors to sign to Lakewater Press.

Book one In the Blood was published in 2016 and book two Beneath the Skin followed earlier this year.

Be sure to read all the way to the bottom for our holiday giveaway.

Today’s interviewee: author RL Martinez

Your blog (url): https://robinLmartinez.com

Where do you live? Central Oklahoma

What are your chances of having snow on Christmas Day? Meh, Oklahoma is tricky. So, I’d say about 50%, just to be on the safe side.  Continue reading

Viewpoint: Seven books I won’t be reading again

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Let’s buck the trend: over the next few weeks reviewers all over the blogsphere and beyond will be posting Christmas and end-of-year round-ups of their favourite books of 2017.

Personally, I’m always glad to be reminded of the lovely books waiting to be read.

But what I don’t need – and I’m sure you don’t either – are those depressing listicles where m’learned friend presents a catalogue of GOOD BOOKS that everyone should read at least once in their life.

The lecture – for that’s essentially what it is – usually begins by claiming that the curated collection has stood the test of time for a reason.  Continue reading

Lakewater Press: take flight with Rebecca Carpenter, author of the YA Metamorphosis trilogy

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Day seven of the Lakewater Press holiday blog hop: as some of you know the Lakewater team is spread over three continents – Australia, Europe and the US.

We’ve never all been in the same room together so these holiday interviews are proving an  excellent opportunity for us to get to know each other a little better, as well as giving our readers a peek behind the scenes–or pages.

Perhaps you’ll even find a new blog to follow, or your next favorite book.

Be sure to read all the way to the bottom for our holiday giveaway.

Today’s interviewee: Rebecca Carpenter, author of  the Metamorphosis trilogy and copy editor for Lakewater Press

Your blog (url): http://www.thecaterpillargirl.wordpress.com

Where do you live? In the state of craziness and senility. But if you must have a physical place, Grand Junction, Colorado (the western slope of Colorado) is where I’ve called home my entire life.

RebeccaAs a matter of fact, the hospital where I was born later became an Alzheimer’s unit where I worked in my late teens.

Is it an omen? I don’t think I can base anything off …where was I going with this thought?

What are your chances of having snow on Christmas Day? I’d say there’s about a 50/50 chance for snow on Christmas day. But I’d sure like to increase those odds. Continue reading

Review: She had her life worked out, then an unexpected act changed everything

Eleanor Oliphant taught herself how to survive – but she doesn’t know how to live. This unsettling story shows an extraordinary young woman locked in a way of life that provides the only sort of security she knows.

It’s a life of absolute routine: wearing the same clothes every day, eating the same meal deal at lunchtimes, and drinking two bottles of vodka every weekend. Continue reading

Lakewater Press: YA author Mia Kerick shares her family’s Christmas traditions

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The Christmas countdown continues with day six of the Lakewater Press holiday blog hop.

Since the beginning of December we’ve been sharing holiday interviews with our authors and  Lakewater Press staff.

It’s an opportunity for us to get to know each other a little better, as well as giving our readers a peek behind the scenes–or pages.

Perhaps you’ll even find a new blog to follow, or your next favorite book.

Be sure to read all the way to the bottom for our holiday giveaway.

Today’s interviewee: Mia Kerick, a YA author of LGBTQ fiction.

Mia KerrickHello everyone: I’m looking forward to the Lakewater Press release of All Boy in October 2018.

I can hardly wait! (Not particularly patient here.) I LOVE my characters Jayden and Callie. Their story needs to be told.

Your blog (url): I have recently created a new YA blog: www.miakerickya.com 

I had so much fun putting it together – I used a “diverse people” theme, which runs throughout the blog. Check out all of the tiny adorable people illustrations on each page—they are EVERYWHERE!  Continue reading

Review: Treat yourself to Marie Gameson’s quirky tale of the deceased Mr Gadd

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Mr GaddA word of advice: make sure you set aside plenty of time to read Marie Gameson’s quirky, slightly perplexing, story of The Giddy Career of Mr Gadd (deceased).

At 265 pages, it’s not an especially long book but I guarantee that as soon as you read the last ambiguous sentence, you’ll want to go right back to the beginning and start all over again.

This is probably one of the most intriguing novels I’ve read in a long time. And hard to pigeon-hole too.  Continue reading

Lakewater Press: editorial director Kate Foster keeps the Lakewater pages turning

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As the countdown to Christmas continues, Lakewater Press introduces another member of the team as we continue with our holiday blog hop.

Between December 1 and the 24th we’re sharing holiday interviews with our authors and the Lakewater Press staff. It’s an excellent opportunity for us to get to know each other a little better, and to give our readers a peek behind the scenes–or pages.

Perhaps you’ll even find a new blog to follow, or your next favorite book.

Be sure to read all the way to the bottom for our holiday giveaway.

Today’s interviewee: editorial director Kate Foster

Blog URL: http://lakewaterpress.com/index.php/blog-2/

Where do you live? Gold Coast, Australia

What are your chances of having snow on Christmas Day? Well, absolutely zero if I stay home. Christmas is during the summer on this side of the world which means hot, humid, and delightful.

Kate and dogBack in England, where I lived in the south east of the country until my mid-thirties, it snowed once on Christmas Day; otherwise it was cold, grey, and drizzly.

Do you have any favorite holiday traditions? Christmas Day has changed a little for me since moving to Australia.

It’s the same but different, and I’m pretty happy to embrace the new traditions we’re creating as a family. Continue reading

Lakewater Press: Read all about acquisitions and marketing assistant Jodi Gallegos

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Christmas is just over two weeks away and at Lakewater Press we’re on day four of our holiday blog hop.

Between December 1 and the 24th we’re sharing holiday interviews with our authors and the Lakewater Press staff.

It’s an excellent opportunity for us to get to know each other a little better, and to give our readers a peek behind the scenes–or pages.

Perhaps you’ll even find a new blog to follow, or your next favourite book.

Be sure to read all the way to the bottom for our holiday giveaway.

Today’s interviewee: Jodi Gallegos, acquisitions & marketing assistant

Your blog (url): Jodigallegos.com

Where do you live? Grand Junction, CO

What are your chances of having snow on Christmas Day? Pretty slim in my opinion, and based on my research  – because I love to research – my town has had only 18 Christmases with more than a trace amount of snow since 1893, and only Continue reading

Review: Jack London’s American classic questions how deep is The Call of the Wild?

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The Call of the WildIt would be fair to say that in his youth Buck was a bit of a lazy charmer.

Sure, he worked out – hunting and long runs outdoors kept down the fat and hardened his muscles – but his folks were well-to-do and there was no expectation that Buck need find something useful to keep himself occupied.

If he’d read newspapers he might have known trouble was brewing far away that would threaten his privileged lifestyle. Continue reading